Julianna Pena Takes Jabs at Amanda Nunes Post UFC 289 Retirement

Julianna Pena ridicules Amanda Nunes in response to UFC 289 retirement.

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Amanda Nunes, the UFC’s only current two-division champion, announced her retirement on Saturday. She chose to walk away from the sport at the pinnacle of her career, following another flawless title defense in the main event of UFC 289. Nunes showcased her dominance once again as she took on Irene Aldana, winning a lopsided unanimous decision. With this victory, Nunes achieved her sixth defense of the bantamweight belt over her two title reigns. The judges’ scorecards were a clean sweep in Nunes’ favor, with all three scoring the bout 50-44, 50-44, 50-43. This remarkable farewell performance solidifies Nunes’ legacy as one of the greatest fighters in MMA history.

Nunes (23-5) delivered one last masterclass inside the Octagon, reminding everyone of her unrivaled supremacy in the women’s bantamweight division. She showcased her relentless power and skill as she systematically dismantled Aldana over the course of five grueling rounds. It was a flawless performance that left no doubt about Nunes’ position as the ultimate force to be reckoned with in her weight class.

Julianna Pena Criticizes Amanda Nunes’ Retirement Choice after UFC 289

Shortly after Nunes’ impressive victory, Julianna Pena wasted no time in taking to Twitter to sarcastically comment on Nunes’ retirement and victory.

“I scared you so bad into retirement,” Pena wrote. “Personally, Congratulations. Professionally, wtf was that?”

During UFC 289 fight week, both fighters engaged in verbal sparring. Nunes made it clear that she couldn’t retire at UFC 269, implying that she wouldn’t leave the belt to her opponent. On the other hand, Pena took a dig at the “champ-champ,” suggesting that Nunes should be grateful for her resurgence in relevance.

Pena and Nunes were scheduled for a highly anticipated rematch at UFC 289, but Pena’s withdrawal due to a broken rib dashed their plans. Their rivalry currently stands at 1-1, with Pena surprising the world by submitting Nunes in the second round at UFC 269. However, Nunes had her redemption at UFC 277, where she showcased her dominance by overwhelming Pena and securing a unanimous decision victory.

Nunes, at 35 years old, leaves a remarkable legacy in MMA as the most decorated female fighter in UFC history. Her achievements make her one of the most respected champions in the octagon, regardless of gender. Her outstanding accomplishments inside the cage will always be celebrated as a testament to her skill, determination, and undeniable greatness.

Published on June 11, 2023 at 9:45 am
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